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Dhoni becomes Nepal’s Cricket Ambassador

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador of Nepal Cricket in a function here on Saturday at Yak and Yeti Hotel.

Indian captain on Saturday arrived in Kathmandu on a 2-day visit to interact with Nepalese cricketers and meet fans. “Youth should come forward for sports besides studies as it helps earn goodwill for the country,” Dhoni said while talking to reporters at the Tribhuvan International Airport upon his arrival on Saturday.

Nepal’s tourism minister Posta Bahadur Bogati conferred the honour on Dhoni at a function held in Kathmandu hours after he landed here to promote cricket in this football-crazy Himalayan nation.

The appointment of Dhoni will also help promote Nepal’s tourism industry, according to acting chief of the country’s Tourism Board Subhash Niraula.

Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Jayanta Prasad, was also present on the occasion.

Dhoni interacted with the office bearers of Cricket Association of Nepal, journalists and his fans.

Dhoni was accompanied by his wife Sakshi Rawat during the two- day visit.

Earlier, Dhoni also visited Tribhuwan University Ground at Kirtipur and met the Nepali Players and gave them cricketing advice and Dhoni is scheduled to pay a visit to Pashupatinath Temple on Sunday, before wrapping up his visit.

Earlier, speaking to media, he said, “Youths should come forward for sports besides studies as it helps to earn goodwill for the country.”

“Cricket is an upcoming sport in Nepal and I want to see Nepali youths forming a famous cricket team in future,” he said.

Dhoni said that he would be happy to promote cricket here and added that he would be glad if he could contribute to the development of cricket in Nepal.